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Bar Requirements

Southern Illinois University School of Law considers prior acts of academic and other misconduct in the admissions process.

Similarly, the SIU School of Law must certify to the Board of Bar Admissions of each state in which students apply for admission that they are fit to practice law. For these reasons, all applicants are required to make a full and complete disclosure to the following questions when submitting this application.

For clarification in answering these questions, please contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at 618.453.8858.

Applicants are under a continuing obligation to update disclosures and add new occurrences throughout the application period, after matriculation, and while enrolled at the School of Law. Failure to make complete disclosure on this application may result in revocation of your offer of admission and/or denial of your application for admission to practice law in a particular state. Discrepancies between disclosure on this application, including subsequent additions, and your application for admission to the bar may result in adverse consequences when seeking admission.

Applicants should be aware that the qualifications for admission to the bar, including those related to character and fitness, vary from state to state. Prior to matriculation, applicants seeking to engage in the practice of law are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the rules of the state in which they intend to seek admission, especially those rules relating to registration, deadlines, residency requirements, character and fitness, and courses which may be required during law school. Applicants who are concerned about their eligibility to practice law should contact the Board of Bar Examiners (or the appropriate committee) in the state in which the applicant intends to practice. A Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission

Requirements, which includes coverage of character and fitness requirements and contact information for each state, is available on the website of the National Conference of Bar Examiners (http://www.ncbex.org/comprehensive-guide-to-bar-admissions/).